Ukrainian military showcases Patriot air defense system on combat duty
Air Force Commander Mykola Oleschuk near the Patriot air defense system (Photo:Микола Олещук / Telegram)
Ukrainian Air Force Commander Lieutenant General Mykola Oleshchuk showcased Ukraine’s new Patriot air defense systems, which is already on combat duty in Ukraine.
He posted the relevant photo on Telegram on April 21.
“I checked the combat positions of the Patriot air defense system in one of the areas,” he said.
Oleshchuk also thanked the Ukrainian military who had completed the Patriot training ahead of schedule.
He listed the modern air defense systems that are already in service with the Ukrainian army, including the NASAMS, IRIS-T, Patriot, SAMP/T, Crotale, and Gepard.
Oleshchuk called on Western partners to provide the Armed Forces of Ukraine with modern F-16 fighter jets.
Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Lieutenant General Oleksandr Pavliuk announced on April 19 that Ukraine had received Patriot air defense systems from three countries – the United States, Germany, and the Netherlands.
The Patriots will allow to shoot down Iskander-M ballistic missiles and repel Russian aircraft from Ukrainian borders, said Ukrainian Air Force spokesperson, Yuriy Ihnat.
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